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Obesity And Its Link To Cancer

By keeping your weight in check, you’re helping your body lower the chances of cancer risks. According to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 40 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the U.S. are linked with being overweight or obese.

Overweight and obesity are associated with at least 13  different types of cancer. According to the report, currently more than 630,000 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with a cancer associated with being overweight or obese.

Unfortunately, these cancers are on the rise as the report found that there has been an increase by 7 percent between 2005 and 2014, while cancers that aren’t linked to obesity declined.

U.S has long struggled with its obesity problem. A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine earlier this year found that 26.5 percent of Americans are obese. Currently, two out of three Americans are considered overweight or obese, the report says.

According to the report, more than half of Americans don’t know that being overweight or obese increases their risk for cancer. However, the International Agency for Research on Cancer has found that the following cancers are linked to being overweight or obese:

  1. meningioma
  2. multiple myeloma
  3. adenocarcinoma of the esophagus
  4. thyroid cancer
  5. postmenopausal breast cancer
  6. gallbladder cancer
  7. stomach cancer
  8. liver cancer
  9. pancreatic cancer
  10. kidney cancer
  11. ovarian cancer
  12. uterine cancer
  13. colorectal cancer

Women’s Health Magazine reports that women are more likely to be impacted by this link than men. 55 percent of all cancers diagnosed in women and 24 percent of those diagnosed in men were linked with being overweight or obese.

While there are many other factors that can cause cancer, some things that can lower your overall cancer risk is by maintaining a healthy weight.

Obesity in Malaysia

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s “Tackling Obesity in Asean” report, Malaysia has the highest obesity prevalence in Southeast Asia.

The report said in Malaysia, the prevalence of obesity was at 13.3 per cent, while overweight was at 38.5 per cent.

The report showed that only a third of Malaysian adults had ever exercised, while only 14 per cent exercised adequately.

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